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Eliminating DC's Handgun Ban Had No Effect On Homicides

INVESTIGATIVE GROUP

Concealed handgun (Shutterstock)
Concealed handgun (Shutterstock)
Photo of Ethan BartonETHAN BARTON 9:29 PM 04/17/2017
85211 Eliminating the District of Columbia's comprehensive handgun ban had almost no effect on homicides committed with or without such firearms in the nation's capital, according to an analysis by The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group.

Nearly 80 percent of all D.C. homicide victims from 2000 through 2007 were killed with a gun, city and federal data compiled by The Washington Post and analyzed by TheDCNF found. That figure dropped to 74 percent after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that Washington's handgun ban was unconstitutional in 2008.

(Graphic: DCNF/Ethan Barton)

But, as the above graph illustrates, the post-Heller decrease in both the annual number of gun-related homicides and all homicides extended an overall trend that began in 2002 and continued through 2012.